Category Archives: Stockbroker Discharged

Masood (Mike) Azad-Former First Allied Broker-Sanctioned by Securities Regulator-League City, TX

April 2018 -League City, TX

According to FINRA records, Masood (Mike) Husain Azad,  a   former stockbroker who was last employed by First Allied Securities, disclose  a prior regulatory event and a termination from employment.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

In November 2017, FINRA permanently barred Azad from the securities industry to resolve allegations that Azad failed to provide documents and information in connection with a FINRA investigation related to Azad’s alleged participation in an unapproved securities transaction. FINRA Case #2017054623301. 

 

Masood Azad was employed by First Allied Securities from 1/2015-6/2017, when he was discharged. First Allied makes the following allegation in connection with the discharge:“RR violated firm policy relating to borrowing money from clients, engaging in an unapproved private securities transaction and outside business activity”. Azad was employed by Voya Financial from 8/2004-1/2015. Azad discloses business affiliations with Consolidated Working Group, Robertson Wealth Management and American Retirement Solutions.

If you have questions about an account handled by Mike Azad contact us for a no charge consultation to discuss your options.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Arshad Hussain-Former NEXT Financial Broker-Discharged by NEXT Financial for Improper Trading-Jasper, Alabama

April 2018 -Jasper, Alabama

According to FINRA records, Arshad Hussain ,  a currently unregistered  stockbroker who formerly was employed by NEXT Financial Group, disclose 3 prior customer disputes, two terminations from employment and a currently outstanding judgment/lien.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

Arshad Hussain Has Been Discharged Twice

Recently, in March 2018, Hussain was discharged by NEXT Financial Group who makes the following allegation on his FINRA record: “A review of RR trading activity for two customers revealed transactions involving short-term holds on long-term products which appeared to provide no financial benefit to the customers. In addition, the RR concealed the source of the funds by inaccurately completing firm product disclosure forms and product sponsor applications.”

In 7/2007, Hussain was discharged from his prior employer, Edward Jones who makes the following allegation on his FINRA record:“Discretion and engaging in trading practices not in line with firm’s investment policy.”

Hussain discloses a currently outstanding judgement/lien filed in Walker County, AL, in the amount of $1,213 in favor of Capital One Bank.

Arshad Hussain  was employed by NEXT Financial from 11/2007-4/2018. NEXT Financial Group is headquartered in Houston, TX, and has over 600 registered persons in over 400 branch offices nationwide.

If you have losses  in an account handled by Arshad Hussain or believe that your account has been mishandled contact us for a no charge consultation to discuss your legal options.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Joseph I. Yanofsky-Former Merrill Broker-Subject of $2.2M Customer Dispute-Greenwood, CO

April 2018-Greenwood Village, Colorado

According to FINRA records, former Merrill Lynch broker Joseph I. Yanofsky , discloses a recent regulatory suspension, a pending customer dispute, a termination from employment and 8 prior customer disputes that are final.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

In September 2017 Yanofsky was fined $10,000 and suspended for 20 business days to resolve FINRA allegations that he exercised discretion in nine customer accounts while at Merrill Lynch.

Yanofsky was registered with Merrill Lynch from 2/1990-5/2015, when he was discharged. In connection with his discharge  , Merrill made the following allegations:

“allegations relating to exercising discretion in non-discretionary accounts, providing inaccurate responses to related internal compliance questionnaires, directing an employee to enter trades utilizing another employee’s user identification and password and failing to report a customer complaint on a timely basis”

In a pending matter, a customer of Merrill Lynch alleges that Yanofsky failed to follow instructions, made unauthorized trades, excessively traded the account and made unsuitable investment recommendations from 2/2013-4/2015. Damages are alleged to be $2,268,095.

In a prior FINRA Case 15-2143, a Merrill Lynch customer alleged unsuitable recommendations and misrepresentations from 2012 to 2015 and sought damages of $400,000. That matter was settled in 7/2016 for $75,000.

Joseph Yanofsky is currently registered with First Financial Equity Corp. in Greenwood, CO.

If you have losses in an account handled by Joseph I. Yanofsky   you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration. Call for a no charge consultation to discuss your options.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Brian Berger-Former Newbridge Securities Broker-Sentenced for Fraud-Boca Raton, FL

April 2018-Boca Raton, FL

The FINRA records of former stockbroker Brian M. Berger disclose a pending regulatory matter and two prior regulatory matters, a criminal conviction, 4 customer disputes and a termination from employment.

In 7/2015 Berger  entered into a Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent (AWC) with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to resolve allegations that he failed to cooperate with a FINRA investigation into allegations that he had misappropriated funds from elderly customers while registered with Wells Fargo Advisors and MetLife Securities.As a result, Berger   was  barred from the securities industry.

There is an SEC administrative proceeding pending in connection with the misappropriation of funds.

In 2/2017, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami, Berger pleaded guilty to wire fraud and was sentenced to 18 months and ordered to pay restitution of $372,643.

Over $300,000 has been paid in settlements to former customers of Berger.

According to FINRA records, Berger was registered with Wells Fargo Advisors in Boca Raton from 7.2010-7/2014 and with MetLife Securities from 7/2014-4/2015. After that he was briefly registered with Newbridge Securities from 4/2015-6/2015.

If you have questions about an account handled by Brian Berger, call for a no charge consultation to discuss your options.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Scott Palmer- Former Janney Montgomery Broker-Subject of Numerous Customer Suits Involving Energy Sector Investments-Hackensack, NJ

April 2018-Hackensack, New Jersey

The FINRA records of  Scott W. Palmer  ,  a currently unregistered broker who last worked for Janney Montgomery Scott disclose 5 pending and 6 prior customer disputes. Many of these customer disputes allege an overconcentration of energy sector investments.

In April 2018, Palmer refused a FINRA request to appear for testimony in connection with a FINRA investigation into potential suitability violations related to investment recommendations made to customers of Janney Montgomery Scott.  As a result of his refusal to cooperate with the investigation he was barred from the securities industry by FINRA.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

In one of the currently pending FINRA arbitrations-# 18-0413,  a customer of Janney Montgomery Scott alleges that Palmer made unsuitable investments and over concentrated their accounts with energy investments. Damages of $500,000 are alleged.

Palmer was employed by Janney Montgomery from 3/2007-6/2017. In 5/2017 Palmer was permitted to resign from Janney Montgomery Scott due to a loss of confidence related to complaint disclosure history.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Scott W. Palmer , contact us for a no charge consultation to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those losses through FINRA arbitration.

Brokers have a duty to make suitable recommendations to their customers taking into account the age, health, and risk tolerance of the customer.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870